West Ham United are reportedly on the verge of signing Eintracht Frankfurt star Sebastien Haller.

According to the German club’s official website a fee was agreed with West Ham on Tuesday.

And the French striker travelled to London to have a medical ahead of a reported £45million deal (Sky Sports).

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Haller the Hammer?

If West Ham confirm the capture of Haller it brings to an end a window-long chase for a new forward.

Manuel Pellegrini wanted Maxi Gomez but he opted for Valencia.

Instead West Ham look set to have spent a similar amount to land the 6ft 3in Haller in the prime of his career.

One man who knows a lot about West Ham and Haller is former Hammer Don Hutchison.

The ex midfielder had two spells with West Ham and knows what supporters expect.

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Hutchison likens Haller to Kanoute

Hutchison has been a pundit since his retirement and has spent several years commentating on Bundesliga matches.

So his words carry some weight.

West Ham fans will be excited by Hutchison’s verdict on Haller, as he likened him to ex Hammers star Fredi Kanoute.

But he also moved to manage supporter expectations over his potential goal return.

 

“(Haller is) Fredi Kanoute mark two,” Hutchison said on Twitter.

“Very good player, loads of natural ability, very laid back.

“I like him a lot but not a 20 goal a season man. More as I said before Fredi Kanoute type. Technically very good.”

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How do Haller and Kanoute compare?

Kanoute scored 20 goals or more in four of his seasons as a professional, all while with Sevilla.

The Frenchman played for the Hammers for four seasons scoring 33 goals.

Kanoute struck up a memorable partnership with Paolo Di Canio.

He went on to score 216 goals in 554 career games.

Haller, at the age of 25, has scored 20 or more goals in two seasons. And he already has 91 goals in 230 games.

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